Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shoreline Treasures

The latest trip to the shoreline scored an armload of driftwood and some stray rope. Both will probably make it into some weaving projects but the colors have already made it into the latest basket.
It's on the way to Arts North on the Cabot Trail and will hopefully find a new home!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Color Inspiration

One of my favorite perennials for hardiness and reliability is this sunny yellow loosestrife.

A small piece came from my grandmother's garden in PEI many years ago and since then it's been divided, shared and relocated many times. It is now in front of the studio in River Bennett happily blooming. I can almost imagine the sun is shining. This small little spot in the yard inspired a color combo in this basket.
The roadsides in Cape Breton are really pretty now with white daisies, yellow and orange hawkweeds and delicate blue chicory all blooming. Inspiration everywhere!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Wildflower Bounty

It might just be that I've had time to notice the wildflowers but it seems they are all out in bloom at once! On a coastal hike in the Cape Breton Highland National Park there was a bounty of wildflowers blooming. The first one I spied was a Lady Slipper and there were a few in this spot.

I think the cold start to this summer season slowed some early bloomers down and they are now catching up with the plants that normally bloom in early July. Bunchberries, ferns and starflowers were in abundance.
The beach peas were blooming and it always amazes me the conditions they will grow in.

Blue flag iris were starting to bloom just along the edge of the rocks.

It made for a beautiful hike with lots of excuses to stop a while to take pictures.
Back to work and tending to my own garden today. Happy trails!